You are a creative designer and you want to show your best pieces of work online. Maybe you want to publicize your services online or you simply want your clients to find you when they Google your name. Either way, you need to publish a portfolio online. Lucky for you, there are a lot of web services that help you publish your creative portfolio for free.
Krop Creative Database
Krop started off as a Job search site with a very intuitive interface. Their focus has always been the creative industry so it was no surprise when they launched Creative Database, a premium portfolio hosting service and resume builder for creative professionals.
The basic account is free, where the limit is just 10 images. You can use this to show off the best of your works, or you can sign up for the Pro account which is $9.99 per month, if you want unlimited images and other pro features such as custom styles, your own domain and video embedding.
Coroflot is perhaps the largest community of designers and it is entirely free. You get unlimited file uploads and detailed traffic reports. There is also a networking feature which makes Coroflot just like LinkedIn, for designers.
Coroflot has been around for a while and I would personally recommend them. Their job board ain’t too shabby either.
Behance truly is a leading platform for creative professionals. Their services include a brilliant portfolio building webapp, promotion tools and a marketplace for selling your work. They have a large job directory, certainly one of the largest I’ve ever come across.
Their network of creatives is one of the largest. The best part is that membership to Behance Network is entirely free.
Your Behance portfolio can be also be connection to your LinkedIn account through Creative Portfolio Display.
Carbonmade is a brilliantly designed portfolio hosting service. If you prefer eye candy and incredible ease of use, be prepared to shell out a whopping $0 to sign up. That’s right, Carbonmade is free of charge.
Carbonmade allows you to customise your layout and effects for displaying your portfolio, once you’ve signed up. I’ve found the interface very easy to use and quite frankly, the best UI amongst all the others.
DeviantART provides a fantastic portfolio publishing tool called Portfolio, which provides a plethora of options for customisation. Your work will be displayed in a simple, clutter-free layout. I have found this to be the most simple way of publishing a professional looking portfolio site.
DA Portfolio is great for presenting your work to potential employers, art schools or clients. It is completely free and supports unlimited hosting for your pieces of work.
Other sites to consider
Portfolio hosting services are sprouting up everywhere. During the research phase of this article, I have come across numerous others. The services highlighted above are the most user friendly and intuitive, such that I have considered using them for my own portfolio. The others ones I have stumbled upon either did not suit my purpose or did not have the tools I needed.
By all means, check these out as well. They might as well be your cup of tea.
- Design:related is a rather large network of creative professionals — with portfolios, inspiration and a job board.
- SHOWN’D attemps to bridge the gap between it’s growing community of creatives and design agencies. Although I found the Job Search section lacking much needed content.
- IllyPads is a gallery of cream of the crop, top notch illustrations and digital art by uniquely skilled artists from around the globe.
- Shadowness is focused towards sharing artistic illustrations and design inspirations.
- ProfessionalOnTheWeb is focused towards web designers and has a large directory of design agencies and freelancers.
- CreativeShake is a portfolio hosting service for illustrators and digital artists, as well as a job board.
- CreativeBinge is a directory of designer portfolios and a community forum for discussion of design ideas.
I have come across almost all portfolio sites out there and I have chosen to publish this article to highlight only the best services, imho. This is not a roundup of all portfolio hosting services.
There are numerous portfolio hosting services out there. Most of them are free and easy to sign up to. So there is no excuse for not publishing your work online and get the recognition you deserve.
Feel free to leave a comment to tell which services you prefer and why.